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  • Jewish Agency demands solidarity

    JERUSALEM, June 26 (JTA) — At the annual assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel this week, one word emerged as a mantra: solidarity. “We are not equal with the citizens of Israel when it comes to the State of Israel,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman for the Conference of Presidents of Major American…

  • Power struggle at the Jewish Agency

    JERUSALEM, June 12 (JTA) — There’s a political storm raging at the corner of Keren Hayesod and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael streets in Jerusalem, headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the hub of Israel-Diaspora relations. But it’s anyone’s guess whether this power struggle will actually change the nature of that sometimes tumultuous relationship. This…

  • Israel ‘s diamond trade in the rough

    JERUSALEM, June 5 (JTA) — A diamond may be forever, but Israel’s steady supply of rough, uncut diamonds may not be. Sweeping changes in the global diamond industry and political turmoil in gem-producing African nations are causing dealers in the Israeli diamond trade to rethink their strategy. Israel long has been an established leader in…

  • Ethiopian immigrants struggling in Israel

    When some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews came to Israel 10 years ago as part of Operation Solomon, they expected the biblical land of milk and honey. Instead, the immigrants got a nation already busy absorbing tens of thousands of Russian emigres — and dealing wit

  • Ethiopian immigrants struggling in Israel

    When some 14,000 Ethiopian Jews came to Israel 10 years ago as part of Operation Solomon, they expected the biblical land of milk and honey. Instead, the immigrants got a nation already busy absorbing tens of thousands of Russian emigres — and dealing wit

  • Israeli water crisis on verge of ‘catastrophe

    JERUSALEM, May 22 (JTA) — Allison Pollack gazes at her green grass with a mixture of pride and remorse: She loves having a velvety lawn, but regrets wasting water to keep it green. “I feel so guilty letting Asaf run through the sprinkler,” Pollack said. She also lets her 3-year-old son play with the garden…

  • Israeli biotech survives Nasdaq shakeout

    Internet companies around the world have been devastated by the Nasdaq free fall, including those in the Silicon Wadi, as Israel’s high-tech haven is called. Yet one sector that hasn’t felt venture capital crunch is Israel’s biotechnology and life science

  • Israeli biotech survives Nasdaq shakeout

    Internet companies around the world have been devastated by the Nasdaq free fall, including those in the Silicon Wadi, as Israel’s high-tech haven is called. Yet one sector that hasn’t felt venture capital crunch is Israel’s biotechnology and life science

  • Israeli commandos teach security to foreigners

    JERUSALEM, May 7 (JTA) – Poli, an attorney from Munich, Germany, decided to train as a security officer after his best friend was killed in a terrorist attack in an Egyptian coffee shop. “I wanted some peace of mind, the knowledge that I could defend myself and my family, if the situation should arise,” said…

  • Upscale Kfar Saba now on the front line

    KFAR SABA, Israel, April 30 (JTA) – Mario Goldin, a 52-year-old Israeli doctor, was waiting for a bus the morning of April 22 because his car wouldn’t start. He was planning to take the No. 29 bus to the nearby Meir Hospital, where he worked. He never made it. A Palestinian suicide bomber standing near…